Washington Witness: The same, and worse

Apr 24, 2017 by

“America’s deportation machine: The great expulsion.” “Undocumented mom of 3 U.S. citizen kids deported.” “Study: 5,100 kids in foster care after parents deported.” These may sound like recent...

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Washington Witness: Israel’s status quo

Jan 30, 2017 by

After months of speculation about a United Nations Security Council resolution on Israeli settlements, everyone assumed it was no longer in the works when the Security Council seemed to wrap up its work before...

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Washington Witness: Votes reveal divisions

Dec 19, 2016 by

During the tumultuous campaign season, the 24-hour news cycle of U.S. politics hardly reported on anything but the election. However, if you seek out international news, you likely heard about the volatile...

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Washington Witness: Reaching both mother and child

Nov 7, 2016 by

Victor Ncube is a 3-month-old baby at Isaiah’s Baby Home in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, which provides basic services for abandoned or orphaned children. At any given time, up to 20 children at the home receive free...

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Washington Witness: An end to private prisons?

Sep 26, 2016 by

On Aug. 18 the U.S. Department of Justice announced it would soon begin to phase out private prisons due to safety concerns. The change was made due to numerous reports of abuse and neglect occurring in...

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Felons or families?

Jul 4, 2016 by

Political rhetoric around immigration sometimes creates categories of good and bad immigrants — those who should be welcomed into the United States and those who should be kept out. President Obama embraced...

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ISIS the stuff of fears

May 23, 2016 by

When I visited the Middle East last year, I was surprised to hear many people say that the United States created the Islamic State group and continues to support it. At first glance, the statement seems...

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Peace, newly popular

Apr 11, 2016 by

The word on everybody’s lips right now when speaking of Colombia is “peace.” There are encouraging signs and broad support for a negotiated peace accord between the Colombian government and the...

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Seek the common good

Feb 29, 2016 by

Every February, the president releases his budget request. The request for 2017 is $4.1 trillion. Budgets reflect our values as a nation, and the U.S. likes to think of itself as the world’s most generous...

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Mass imprisonment defies justice

Dec 7, 2015 by

The United States incarcerates an estimated 2.4 million people, more than any other country in the world. Mass incarceration exists primarily due to harsh laws passed by both the federal and state governments...

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Words of welcome from Pope Francis

Oct 26, 2015 by

The immigration debate took on an ugly tone this summer with politicians and political candidates labeling immigrants as “murderers” and “rapists,” rejecting refugees as potential “terrorists” and...

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7 years old, three wars

Sep 14, 2015 by

Mostafa is 7 years old and lives in Gaza. Last summer a missile from an F16 came through a window and damaged his home. Mostafa and other children tell their stories in a brief video put together by the...

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Colombians wait, hope

Aug 3, 2015 by

It is hard for many of us to imagine what it would be like to be born and raised in a place of perpetual conflict. But for millions of Colombians, this is their reality. Anyone under the age of 50 will tell...

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Unconditional giving transforms us

May 11, 2015 by

Now as you excel in everything — in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in utmost eagerness, and in our love for you — so we want you to excel also in this generous undertaking. — 2 Corinthians 8:7 While in...

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Too many of the ‘least’ in prison

Mar 30, 2015 by

“When was it that we saw you . . . in prison and visited you?” the righteous ones asked Jesus. Jesus responded, “Just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it...

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Locking up mothers and children

Feb 16, 2015 by

“I cannot watch the boy die,” said Hagar as she left her son, Ishmael, under a bush (Gen. 21:16). They had been exiled and were wandering in the wilderness in search of a safe, new home. They had run out...

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To the president, at war with Islamic State

Jan 5, 2015 by

Dear Mr. President: No doubt the group calling itself the Islamic State poses many challenges. Their actions are violent and horrifying to many people in the region and abroad. Your chosen path of military...

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Haiti doesn’t need another occupation

Oct 27, 2014 by and

The name Haiti conjures images of earthquake damage, people struggling to survive or memories of a service trip to help build houses or bring medical care. Most do not associate it with military...

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Food a concern for displaced in Congo

Sep 1, 2014 by

Armed conflicts in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have displaced 2.9 million people and forced an additional 500,000 to flee to neighboring countries. The instability has created a myriad of...

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Revolution of values

Jul 21, 2014 by

On May 19, the faith and civil rights community mourned the passing of Vincent Harding, a prophetic theologian and social activist known particularly in the Mennonite world as a co-leader of a Mennonite...

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Don’t deport my dad

Jun 9, 2014 by

“Don’t deport my dad.” That is the slogan many immigrant rights groups will be using on Father’s Day this year. It follows the “Don’t deport my mom” slogans used in May. But, some say, we live in...

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